My name is Elliot and I'm transmasculine. I came out over 3 years ago and I've been on the NHS gender clinic for about as long without a single appointment. Sadly this isn't unusual, most trans people in the UK have experienced the frustration and disillusionment of languishing on a never-ending waiting list at some point during their transitions.
Fortunately, I was able to start T about a year and a half ago, which has been an amazing experience. The changes brought me so much joy and comfort in my own body. It's hard to put into the words how wonderful and surprising it has been to experience this body- that never really felt like my own - as home. Top surgery feels like a necessary next step on that journey.
I've been raising money on this Go Fund Me for a few years now and the support of friends, loved ones and, sometimes, exceptionally kind acquaintances has brought me a lot of energy in darker moments. However, I've been studying for my degree and time off didn't feel tenable, so I let it drift along without any urgency.
However, as I come closer to graduating and beginning my PGCE in September, it feels like a good time to begin sharing again and asking for the last little push to help towards my goal. I am in the process of booking my top surgery for next August and will save and borrow to top up whatever is raised here, so any donation really does make my life much easier in the short and long term.
It still feels odd to ask my friends, most of whom are also queer, for donations. I know queer and trans folk are often passing the same £5 back and fourth between ourselves. All I can do is promise that the money will be put to good use and whenever I'm in a more stable financial position I will donate to every last crowdfunding page I see.
Thank you to everyone who has already supported me and thank you to everyone who's considering supporting me now